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Wharf Street

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City Centre
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Leeds Library & Information Services
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MIl 20/26
Wharf Street
26th September 1999.View of Wharf Street. Wharf House in which Wharf Hosiery is located is on the right of the image. Several cars are parked on the street which is paved stones. By 2005, the hosiery business pictured here in 1999 had closed and 23-25 Wharf Street stood empty. A grassroots political group, Leeds Action for Radical Change, received funding to turn it into The Common Place, a venue for meetings, workshops and entertainment events, many of which attracted a queer following. After refurbishment in 2011, the venue became Wharf Chambers, a cooperatively owned members’ club with an LGBT-friendly bar that offered an alternative to the more commercial, gay male-dominated venues of Lower Briggate. It has since become particularly popular with young trans and non-binary people. On 31st March 2018, Leeds’ Trans Pride, the first of its kind in the North of England, set off from Victoria Gardens, marched along the Headrow, and led to an after-party here. Link to full story with transcript on WYQS: https://wyqs.co.uk/stories/a-tour-of-cruising-sites-in-leeds/pat-mccusker-full-interview

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